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  1. Diabetes: Amputation for Foot Problems - Topic Overview

    Blood vessel and nerve damage associated with diabetes can lead to serious infections that are extremely difficult to treat. Often the first place you have a problem is your feet. When you lose the ability to feel your toes and feet,you are more likely to injure them without knowing it. Even a minor injury,such as a small cut,can develop into an ulcer and a serious infection. Infections of ...

  2. Types of Insulin - Topic Overview

    Insulin is used to treat people with diabetes. Each type of insulin acts over a specific amount of time. The amount of time can be affected by exercise,diet,illness,some medicines,stress,the dose,and where the insulin has been injected. Insulin is made by different companies. Make sure you use the same type of insulin consistently. Types of insulin Type Examples Appearance When it ...

  3. Diabetes: New Treatments - Topic Overview

    In recent years,the research into new treatments and cures for diabetes has shown promise. Research also offers hope that diabetes will become easier to monitor and treat,or even that a cure may be found in the near future. But all of these treatments are experimental. Treatment areas currently being explored include: Blood sugar monitoring technologies. Dietary therapies. Insulin ...

  4. Diabetes: Travel Tips - Topic Overview

    Travel can make it hard to keep your blood sugar within your target range because of changes in time zones,meal schedules,and types of foods available. Check your blood sugar level more often during your time away from home. Whenever you need to see a doctor away from home,let him or her know you have diabetes. And always wear medical identification. In an emergency,medical identification ...

  5. Diabetes: How to Give Glucagon - Topic Overview

    This information is for people who may need to give a person with diabetes an injection of glucagon during a low blood sugar emergency. If you find someone with diabetes unconscious and suspect low blood sugar,do not take time to check the person's blood sugar level before giving him or her glucagon. You will do no harm by giving him or her glucagon,even if his or her blood sugar level turns ...

  6. Diagnosis of Diabetes

    WebMD explains the tests used to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes.

  7. Type 1 Diabetes: Test Schedule 3 to 5 Years After Diagnosis - Topic Overview

    The American Diabetes Association recommends that you have these additional exams and tests every year after you have had type 1 diabetes for 3 to 5 years. 1 Exams and tests done annually after having diabetes for 3 to 5 years When to start Name of tests After having diabetes for 3 to 5 years Visit an ophthalmologist or an optometrist for a dilated eye exam ( ophthalmoscopy ). If you are at low ...

  8. Pancreas Transplant Surgery for Diabetes - Topic Overview

    Pancreas transplant surgery is a surgical treatment for people with type 1 diabetes. The person's pancreas is not removed. The transplanted pancreas is placed in the front part of the abdomen. Insulin from the transplanted pancreas is released into the bloodstream through the lower abdominal blood vessels (veins). See a picture of a pancreas transplant. When the surgery is successful,the ...

  9. Diabetes: Steps for Foot-Washing - Topic Overview

    Because you have diabetes,you need to wash your feet carefully each day. Post this list of proper foot-washing steps in your bathroom. Wash and dry your feet Use warm (not hot) water. Check the water temperature with your wrists,not your feet. You can soak your feet for about 10 minutes if you want to. Wash all areas of your feet,especially the underside of your toes and between them. ...

  10. Topic Overview

    Some medicines for other conditions can lower your blood sugar level or can interfere with whether you develop symptoms of low blood sugar. This is a concern when you have diabetes. Talk with your doctor before taking any new medicine. Medicines that can lower your blood sugar level include: Medicines to reduce fever and relieve pain,such as salicylate medicines like aspirin. Medicines to ...

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